Archive for June, 2012

by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | June 29th, 2012 3:01pm CDT | Comments Off on Public Universities Reach a Tipping Point

From Governing: Severe funding cuts and the record-high numbers of people going to college are forcing state university systems to make tough decisions about financial aid, curriculums, research and more.   Holden Thorp is perfectly positioned. As the surprisingly young chancellor of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, Thorp’s office is adjacent […]

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by (RSS) Education | June 29th, 2012 12:59am CDT | 5 Comments

          Just about the time we’re buying into the pervasive Memphis narrative of conflict and dysfunction, along comes the Transition Planning Commission. There’s little argument that controversy and personality clashes make for good TV and newspaper headlines, but it’s worth remembering that they don’t necessarily represent the reality of Memphis.  Underneath […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | June 27th, 2012 4:42am CDT | Comments Off on “Dangerous City” Rankings Are A Crime

            We know what the FBI says about its Uniform Crime Report – the crime data shouldn’t be used to compare cities. We know what MPD says – every city reports crimes differently and we are more honest about our numbers than other cities. We’ve all heard the explanations and […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | June 27th, 2012 12:45am CDT | 5 Comments

              If Memphis was a real estate business, we would say that it suffers from a low occupancy rate. If we ran a shopping center with this problem, we could spend some money making it more attractive and offering special leases, we could lose money and suck it up, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | June 26th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on States Without Income Tax Get No Boost in Economic Growth

From Bloomberg News: Governors seeking to expand their economies by eliminating income taxes find little support for the idea in the record of U.S. states that lack such a levy. The BGOV Barometer shows the nine states with the highest personal income taxes on residents outperformed or kept pace on average with the nine that […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Planning and Urban Design, Politics and Government | June 25th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Cities Segregate Even As They Diversify

From Atlantic Cities: Data from the 2010 Census have offered up another benchmark for use in tracking the feel-good demographic story of America’s steady desegregation. Edward Glaeser and Jacob Vigdor looked at the latest statistics earlier this year and went so far as to declare, in a widely circulated paper for the Manhattan Institute, that […]

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by (RSS) Education | June 25th, 2012 12:12am CDT | Comments Off on Nothing Childish About Toxic Stress

  More than 100 years ago, abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass said it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults. Recently, Harvard economist Ed Glaeser, when asked for his advice for cities, said: “It’s fundamentally about kids. You really want to be investing in children.” There are truisms that span centuries simply […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 22nd, 2012 11:38am CDT | Comments Off on High Airfares Ice on Memphis’ Economic Wings

              This column is published in this week’s Tri-State Defender, and if you haven’t visited its new, improved website, check it out.  Karanja Ajanaku and Bernal Smith are turning out some seminal articles about Memphis in this venerable newspaper, and if you really want to have a broader understanding […]

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From Cleveland Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Public Library is getting a high-tech upgrade — one it says is the first of its kind in any U.S. library. Today, the library unveils TechCentral, its downtown destination for computing and emerging technologies. The center will give visitors access to dynamic, interactive technology unrivaled in […]

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            It’s always gratifying for us to see people who love Memphis and possess a vision to move it ahead have the opportunity to make it happen. When the three people are Charles Santo of University of Memphis, Cardell Orrin of Linx Consulting, and Eric Robertson of Community LIFT, it’s […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 20th, 2012 3:09pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Urbanophile: Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare. – Jeremiah 29:7  Religion is another one of those topics seldom discussed in urbanist circles. Though Christianity was originally an urban religion, modern Christianity […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development | June 19th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Empty Storefronts as a Horizontal Hotel

From Atlantic Cities: Last year, three young Viennese architects — Theresia Kohlmayr, Jonathan Lutter, and Christian Knapp — decided to take the concept of “boutique hotels” literally when they seized on the idea of turning empty storefronts in the city’s 4th District into standalone guestrooms. They’ve dubbed the project “Urbanauts,” they say because the geography […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | June 19th, 2012 12:05am CDT | 3 Comments

            Memphis has to do a lot right at the same time if it is to succeed in an economy where winners and losers are often determined by talent and connectivity. It’s the obstacle to connectivity caused by high airfares that led us to create the Facebook group, Delta Does […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | June 18th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Do Americans Really Want More Planning?

From Atlantic Cities: Last week, the American Planning Association released the findings of a major public opinion poll showing that “two-thirds of Americans believe their community needs more planning to promote economic recovery,” to lift a phrase from APA’s press release. That’s good news for those of us who believe a more thoughtful and forward-looking […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods, Parks and Greening | June 15th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on City Trees Fight Crime

From Sustainable Cities Collective: One of my first articles as a blogger was to celebrate the replacement of fallen trees in our neighborhood.  We humans instinctively resonate to nature, and street trees and other kinds of city forests add all sorts of emotional and cooling benefits to our neighborhoods. One of my first articles as a […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Talent, Trends and Issues | June 15th, 2012 12:01am CDT | 1 Comment

              Memphis goes into bouts of anguish when we finish on the wrong side of the list in some of these rankings that sprout like mushrooms these days, so it’s time to pay attention to some that are casting us in a positive light. The reason that we like […]

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by (RSS) Talent | June 14th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on The New Black South

From Governing: When Mark Wells moved to the Dallas area last year, he had plenty of company — and not just because his three sisters had settled there ahead of him. The Kansas native had lived for nearly 20 years in Southern California, building up his career in technology. But the state’s long run of […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | June 13th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Atlantic Cities: The perpetual battle between state and city authorities seems to have intensified in the past few years. North Carolina voted to reduce its budget deficit with a share of the state’s corporate income tax, rather than send the funds to local governments for school costs as it had in the past. Arizona […]

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